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C.W. Post [subgrp]

C. W. Post's many business interests are, unfortunately, poorly documented. A small group of financial papers are contained with the collection, but they give only sketchy information regarding Post's financial affairs before 1899, and tell nothing of how Post's cereal empire was financed. A listing of Post's estate made for the purposes of executing his will does give a record of Post's financial activities at the time of his death. The library, however, has a separate collection of Postum Company ledgers and journals which should help to fill in this void in Post's won papers. There is a separate inventory for this material.

In contrast to his business career, Post's public activities are well documented. A large number of Post's speeches and published writings are included in the papers. There is also correspondence with other leaders of public opinion in which Post expresses his attitudes. The majority of this material relates to Post's views regarding workers and labor unions, and, in the broadest sense, his conception of the free enterprise system. There is extensive material relating to his participation in the "open shop movement" through the National Association of Manufacturers and the Citizen's Industrial Association of America. His opinions regarding other subjects, such as monetary reform, advertising, health and many others, are also documented.

Finally, the collection includes a few personal items. Among them are a few family letters, information regarding Post's two marriages, some genealogical material, and scrapbooks.

 
Alphabetical File [series]
 
Advertisements

(copy and correspondence about)

Box   1  
Dextro candy

(1-1)

Box   1  
Elijah's Manna

(1-2)

Box   1  
Grape Nuts (dated)

(1-3)

Box   1  
Grape Nuts (undated)

(1-4)

Box   1  
Miscellaneous

(1-5)

Box   1  
Post Factory Literature

(1-6)

Box   1  
Post Porrage

(1-7)

Box   1  
Postum

(1-8)

Box   1  
Association of American Advertisers

(1-9)

Box   1  
"B" Miscellaneous

(1-10)

Box   1  
Bennett, Grant

(press correspondent, Battle Creek Enquirer)

(1-11)

Box   1  
Boycott of Bucks's Stove and Range products (St. Louis) by trade unions

(1-13)

Box   1  
Boycott of Post products by trade unions

(1-14)

Box   1  
Coffee and tea (effects of)

(1-23)

Box   1  
Collier's Weekly article re Post and labor

(1-24)

Box   1  
Commendatory letters to Post re his labor views

(1-25)

Box   1  
Dynamite Plots (labor radicalism)

(1-26)

Box   1  
"G" Miscellaneous

(1-27)

Box   1  
Gompers, Samuel

(speeches and biographical material)

(1-28)

Box   1  
Grandin Advertising Agency

(re articles "You and Your Brother's Keeper" and "The Common People")

(1-29)

Box   1  
Hubbard, Elbert (article by C.W. Post)

(1-30)

Box   1  
Industrial legislation

(1-31)

 
Labor
Box   1  
1904-1907

(1-32)

Box   1  
1910

(1-33)

Box   1  
1911-1912

(1-34)

Box   1  
Labor Legislation (printed material)

(1-35)

Box   1  
Lincoln Farm Association (owners of Abraham Lincoln's Farm)

(1-36)

Box   1  
Michigan Labor Problems

(1-37)

Box   1  
Newspaper clippings

(2-17 to 2-22)

Box   1  
Peoria, Ill. newspaper correspondence re Post's labor views

(2-23)

Box   1  
Post, Aurelian

(2-24)

Box   1  
Post, Carol and Rollin

(2-25)

 
Post, Carroll L
Box   1  
1902-1923

(2-26)

Box   1  
1924-1948

(2-27)

Box   4  
Post City, Texas

(4-6)

 
Post currency reform proposal
Box   4  
1898

(4-7)

Box   4  
1902

(4-8)

Box   4  
1903

(4-9)

Box   4  
1904

(4-10)

Box   4  
1905

(4-11)

Box   4  
1906

(4-12)

Box   4  
1907

(4-13)

Box   4  
Undated

(4-14)

Box   4  
Post, Ella M (divorce settlement)

(4-15)

Box   4  
Post Land Co., Battle Creek

(4-16)

Box   4  
Post, Marjorie (to 1914)

(4-17; 4-18)

Box   4  
Post Theatre

(4-19)

Box   4  
Post, Truman

(4-20)

Box   4  
Postum Company (Factory matters)

(4-21)

Box   4  
Postum Company, London

(4-22)

Box   4  
Presidential election of 1908

(4-23)

Box   4  
Pure Food Laws

(4-24)

Box   4  
Rainmaking Experiment in Battle Creek

(4-25)

 
Sentinel Box
Box   4  
Correspondence

(4-26)

Box   4  
Press releases

(4-27)

Box   4  
Sherman Anti-trust Act (as applied to trade unions)

(4-28)

 
Square Deal Magazine
Box   4  
1904-1905

(4-29)

Box   4  
January-June 1906

(4-30)

Box   4  
July-December 1906

(4-31)

Box   4  
1907

(4-32)

Box   4  
1908

(4-33)

Box   4  
1913-1914

(4-34)

Box   4  
Printed copies

(4-35)

Box   4  
Trades and Workers Association of Battle Creek

(4-36)

 
Post, Charles W. (personal) [series]
Box   2  
Biographical

(2-28; 2-29)

 
Correspondence
Box   2  
Personal

(2-30)

Box   2  
With family

(2-31)

 
Financial matters
Box   2  
1882-1889

(2-32)

Box   2  
1899

(bankruptcy)

(2-33)

Box   2  
1900-1906

(2-34)

Box   2  
1907

(2-35)

Box   2  
1908-1909

(2-36)

Box   2  
1910-1913

(2-37)

Box   2  
1914

(will and estate)

(2-38; 2-39)

Box   2  
Funeral of C.W. Post

(2-40)

Box   4  
Tributes and banquets of appreciation (5 volumes)

(4-1, etc. to 4-5)

 
C.W. Post Funeral
Box   9  
Tributes (primarily typescripts of correspondence (3 volumes)
Box   9  
Memorials (2 volumes)
Box   9  
Scrapbook (primarily newspaper clippings)
Box   9  
Newspaper clippings
 
C.W. Post estate
Box   45  
Probate material
Box   45  
Investment summary sheets 1910-1914
 
Postum Company
Box   45  
Copies of minutes and articles of association
Box   45  
Liability cases
Box   45  
Miscellanea
Box   45  
Real estate record 1906

(see also outsize vol.)

Box   45  
Fort Worth Paper Company
Box   45  
Fort Worth Woolen Mills
Box   45  
Summary statements of personal financial books 1912
Box   45  
Miscellaneous
Box   46  
Lavita Inn
Box   46  
Ledgers and journal 1900-1906 (5 volumes)
Box   46  
Minutes, articles of association, annual reports, and related material
Box   46  
Miscellaneous
Box   46  
Personal financial ledger 1901-1904

(see also outsize volumes)

 
Employer Organizations [series]
 
Citizens Industrial Association of America
Box   1  
1903

(1-15)

Box   1  
1904

(1-16)

Box   1  
1905

(1-17)

Box   1  
1906

(1-18)

Box   1  
1907

(1-19)

Box   1  
1907

(Convention in Battle Creek, Mi.)

(1-20)

Box   1  
January-June 1908

(1-21)

Box   1  
July 1908-1911

(1-22)

 
National Association of Manufacturers
Box   1  
1904

(1-38)

Box   1  
1905

(1-39)

Box   1  
1906

(1-40)

Box   1  
January-June 1907

(1-41)

Box   1  
July-December 1907

(1-42)

Box   1  
January-June 1908

(1-43)

Box   1  
July-December 1908

(1-44)

Box   2  
January-October 1909

(2-1)

Box   2  
November-December 1909

(2-2)

Box   2  
January-April 1910

(2-3)

Box   2  
May-December 1910

(2-4)

Box   2  
1911

(2-5)

Box   2  
Child Labor Committee

(2-6)

Box   2  
Employers Liability and Workman's Compensation

(2-7)

Box   2  
Membership rolls 1905-1911

(2-8)

 
Printed material
Box   2  
1905-1906

(2-9)

Box   2  
1906-1912

(2-10)

Box   2  
1913

(2-11)

Box   2  
Miscellaneous

(2-12)

 
National Council for Industrial Defence
Box   2  
1908

(2-13)

Box   2  
1909

(2-14)

Box   2  
1910

(2-15)

Box   2  
1912

(2-16)

 
Speeches, pamphlets and publications [series]
 
Dated
Box   3  
1894
Box   3  
I Am Well

(3-1)

 
1902-1903

(3-2)

Box   3  
"E. and E. Union; Employers and Employees United" December 2, 1902
Box   3  
Untitled article on labor unions March 25, 1903
Box   3  
"The Preliminary Training of an Advertiser" October 14, 1903
 
1904

(3-3)

Box   3  
January 29: "How to Make a Halo" (positive image for products)
Box   3  
February 19: "Classify Criminals"
Box   3  
March 4: Untitled re workmen
Box   3  
March 7: Untitled re workmen
Box   3  
October 18: Untitled re labor in Battle Creek
Box   3  
October 22: "Prosperity and Peace vs. Labor Unionism"
Box   3  
November 29: "Industrial Peace"
Box   3  
December 4: "Absolute Balance of Employer and Employee"
 
1905
Box   3  
January 13: "Our Errand Boy" re postoffice

(3-4)

 
May 1: "Proclamation of Liberty" (including subsequent correspondence about the article)
Box   3  
May 1-5

(3-5)

Box   3  
May 6

(3-6)

Box   3  
May 7-30

(3-7)

Box   3  
June-August

(3-8)

 
1905

(3-9)

Box   3  
May 20: "Who is the Owner"
Box   3  
May 24: Untitled re employment of suitable workers
Box   3  
July: "You are Your Brother's Keeper"
Box   3  
July: "The Common People"
Box   3  
September 7: "Report to the People" re labor unions
Box   3  
November 15: "Controlled by Citizens. Both Labor and Capital Trusts Must be Governed by the People."
Box   3  
December 30" Address to employees at annual banquet (2 copies and press clippings)
 
1906

(3-10)

Box   3  
Undated: "A Message from the Food Expert to Physicians"
Box   3  
January 15: "Patriotism and Pocketbooks"
Box   3  
January 30: Untitled re street car employees
Box   3  
March: "The Chief Offender" re American Federation of Labor
Box   3  
May: "The Men Between the Two Mill Stones"
Box   3  
July 4: "To Mongrels, Tyrants, Slaves and Freemen"
Box   3  
October 9: article re newspapers
Box   3  
October 16: article re industrial paternalism
Box   3  
October 19 editorial re proposed bond issue for Battle Creek
Box   3  
December 3: "Progress in Industrial Freedom in 1906"

(manuscript, printed text and newspaper reports)

Box   3  
December 14: re Dr. Kellogg
Box   3  
December 29: Address to Employees at Annual Banquet
 
1907

(3-11)

Box   3  
Undated: "The Better Day"
Box   3  
Undated: re labor unions
Box   3  
Undated: re politicians attacking "middle-men" as cause of high prices"
Box   3  
Undated: "Unto One of the Least of These"
Box   3  
Undated: "The Fundamental Principles of a Great Party should be based upon equal opportunity for all"
Box   3  
January 8: Address to Battle Creek Business Men's Association
Box   3  
February 6: re Texas Lands
Box   3  
March 8: re mayor
Box   3  
March 16: re Battle Creek election
Box   3  
August 20: re "Pageant of St. Albans" in England
Box   3  
October 1: re Post's reputation as a "union buster"
Box   3  
October 7: Address to National Citizen's Industrial Conference (manuscript, typescript and press release)
 
1908

(3-12)

Box   3  
Re Tyranny and rights related to labor unions Undated
Box   3  
February 12: re proposed legislation that jeopardizes property rights
Box   3  
April 12: Profit-sharing in Battle Creek
Box   3  
July 16: re workmen
Box   3  
August 12: "There's a Reason" re advertising
Box   3  
September 5: "Trust Control"
Box   3  
October: "$1000.00 Reward"
Box   3  
November 16: re workmen
Box   3  
December 3: Address before the Battle Creek Industrial Association
 
1909

(3-13)

Box   3  
Undated: "Union Knocking"
Box   3  
January 20: re Association of American Advertisers
Box   3  
May1: re Future of Battle Creek
Box   3  
September 16: re harmful newspapers
Box   3  
October 12: re narcotics
 
1910

(3-14)

Box   3  
"The Prodigal's Return" Undated
Box   3  
January: "The Churches and the Labor Trust"
Box   3  
January 20: Address to the Association of American Advertisers"
Box   3  
January 31: "An Advertiser's Duty to the Public"
Box   3  
March 20: "'Punishing' Battle Creek The Paid Agents of the Labor Trust are Making Good Their Threat:
Box   3  
June 29: re personal experience in advertising
Box   3  
July 1: "The Reason of Postum"
Box   3  
September 7: re Politicians pandering to unions
 
1911

(3-15)

Box   3  
August 5: "Property Rights"
Box   3  
August 31: "To Railroad Men"
Box   3  
October 5: re Farmers and labor unions
Box   3  
December 11: Open letter to Samuel Gompers
 
1912

(3-16)

Box   3  
Undated: re operation of sanitarium
Box   3  
Undated: re attraction of Battle Creek for workers
Box   3  
Undated: "Folk Songs"
Box   3  
Undated: re Tyranny of labor unions
Box   3  
Undated: Comments do press humorists
 
1913

(3-17)

Box   3  
Undated: "The Blending of Art with Commerce"
Box   3  
Undated: "A Pathway to Peace"
Box   3  
March 18: "A Hill of Roses"
Box   3  
March 18: "No More Rations, Putting the Mob Makers on Short Feed"
Box   3  
May 22: A Peaceful Industrial Family"
Box   3  
June 10: "Inside History"
Box   3  
August 24: "Human Happiness"
Box   3  
September 29: Remarks at dinner in Post's honor
 
Undated
 
A-E

(3-18)

Box   3  
" A Boycott"
Box   3  
"Reply to Boycott: A Bit of Straight Talk to Unions"
Box   3  
"Result of Boycott"
Box   3  
"Challenges Chicago Federation of Labor"
Box   3  
"Controlled by Citizens; Both Labor and Capital Trusts Must be Governed by the People"
Box   3  
"Counter Movements to Political Programme of Organized Labor"
Box   3  
"Don't Weep at the Ice House"
Box   3  
"Eight Hour Day" (2 speeches)
Box   3  
"Equality Thieves"
 
F-M

(3-19)

Box   3  
"Free Riot" 'Laws'"
Box   3  
"Grievances"
Box   3  
"Industrial Investment vs. Stock Speculation"
Box   3  
"The Labor Trust"
Box   3  
"Labor Trust Responsible for Panic"
Box   3  
"Labor Unions vs. Farmers Opposing Interests"
Box   3  
"A Letter to the President"
Box   3  
"Levelers, The Mission of Whiskey, Tobacco and Coffee"
Box   3  
"Local Option"
Box   3  
"Look Under It"
Box   3  
" A Message of Peace"
Box   3  
"Mollycoddling by Congressmen" of unions"
 
N-P

(3-20)

Box   3  
National Association of Manufacturers (address before)
Box   3  
"A Newspaper's responsibility to the Public"
Box   3  
"Not for the Sleepy"
Box   3  
"On Man"
Box   3  
"Parasites"
Box   3  
"Property Rights"
Box   3  
"The Preliminary Training of an Advertiser"
Box   3  
"Prosperity Makers vs. Wreckers"
Box   3  
"Pull off the Cover"
 
Q-Z

(3-21)

Box   3  
"The Real Voting Power Held by the Citizens and Not by the Trusts"
Box   3  
"Reasons Why"
Box   3  
"The Second Man"
Box   3  
"A Simple Tale of a Town"
Box   3  
"Sketch of Uncle Sam in Speakers Chair in House of Congress"
Box   3  
"Some of the Tales Told at the Postum Family Supper"
Box   3  
"A Square Deal to Both Sides"
Box   3  
"Story of the Shoemakers. A Fireside Tale"
Box   3  
"Strike Rights of Employers and Employees"
Box   3  
"Taxes"
Box   3  
"There Was a Little Man"
Box   3  
"They Do Things"
Box   3  
"To the Working Men of Chicago"
Box   3  
"Whacks and What They Mean"
Box   3  
"Words of a Statesman"
Box   3  
Road to Wellville (selection of advertising copy put together and reissued in 1926)

(3-22)

 
Untitled
Box   3  
Untitled

(3-23; etc. to 3-27)

Box   3  
"Letters to the Editor"

(3-28)

 
Letterbooks and scrapbooks [series]
Box   5  
Letterbooks
Box   5  
1889-1890
Box   5  
1895-1899

(original and photocopy)

 
Personal scrapbooks
Box   5  
1902-1903
Box   5  
1904-1905
Box   6  
1906-1908
Box   6  
Business scrapbook 1902-1908
Box   6  
Scrapbook 1903-1904

(largely concerning conventions of the National Association of Manufacturers, labor disputes)

Box   6  
Scrapbook 1902-1906

(largely concerning Post check currency)

Box   7  
Scrapbook 1905-1912
Box   8  
Scrapbook
Box   8  
1907-1913
Oversize Volume   1  
1911-1915
 
Ledgers and Journals 1906-1921 [series]
 
Journal Entry Record Book
Oversize Volume   42  
October 1908-January 1910

(42)

(special location: B 302/5)

Oversize Volume   43  
February 1910-April 1911

(43)

(special location: B 302/5)

Oversize Volume   44  
April 1911-June 1912

(44)

(special location: B 302/6)

Oversize Volume   45  
July 1912-May 1914

(45)

(special location: B 302/6)

Oversize Volume   46  
May 1913-May 1914

(46)

(special location: B 302/7)

Oversize Volume   47  
May 1914-December 1918

(47)

(special location: B 302/8)

Oversize Volume   48  
December 1918-September 1920

(48)

(special location: B 302/9)

 
Personal Journal (financial)
Oversize Volume   49  
October 1904-May 1906

(49)

(special location: B 302/9)

Oversize Volume   50  
May 1906-September 1907

(50)

(special location: B 302/9)

Oversize Volume   51  
September 1907-November 1907

(51)

(special location: B 302/9)

Oversize Volume   52  
November 1907-May 1908

(52)

(special location: B 302/10)

Oversize Volume   53  
May 1908-September 1908

(53)

(special location: B 302/10)

 
Ledger (accounts receivable and payable)
Oversize Volume   54  
October 1908-October 1911

(54)

(special location: B 302/7)

Oversize Volume   55  
October 1911-April 1913

(55)

(special location: B 302/7)

Oversize Volume   56  
April 1913-May 1914

(56)

(special location: B 302/8)

Oversize Volume   57  
May 1914-1920

(57)

(special location: B 302/8)

 
Ledger (investments)
Oversize Volume   58  
October 1908-August 1912

(58)

(special location: B 302/10)

Oversize Volume   59  
August 1912-1921

(59)

(special location: B 302/10)

 
Ledger (earnings and expenses)
Oversize Volume   60  
October 1908-April 1913

(60)

(special location: B 302/11)

Oversize Volume   61  
April 1913-1920

(61)

(special location: B 302/11)

 
General Ledger
Oversize Volume   62  
April 1907-October 1908

(62)

(special location: B 302/11)

 
Stock Register
Oversize Volume   63  
circa 1909-1915

(63)

(special location: B 302/11)

 
Bond Register
Oversize Volume   64  
circa 1902-1913

(64)

(special location: B 302/11)

 
Real Estate Rentals
Oversize Volume   65  
circa 1904-1906

(65)

(special location: B 302/12)

 
Ledger (construction projects)
Oversize Volume   66  
3-E

(66)

(special location: B 302/12)

Oversize Volume   67  
4-E

(67)

(special location: B 302/12)

 
Ledger (loans)
Oversize Volume   68  
1905-1911

(68)

(special location: B 302/12)

Oversize Volume   69  
1911-1916

(69)

(special location: B 302/13)

 
Ledger (rents)
Oversize Volume   70  
1908-1914

(70)

(special location: B 302/13)

 
Ledger (miscellaneous)
Oversize Volume   71  
Bonds, real estate, loans, stocks, etc. circa 1902-1909

(71)

(special location: B 302/13)